ageist editors | march 1, 2018

wearable tech diagnosing diabetes

We believe the future of medicine will involve wearable tech. The first incarnations of this are already here. Currently available wearables with heart rate monitors — Apple Watch, Android Wear, Garmin and Fitbit — can now detect early signs of diabetes with 85% accuracy, according to a study from app developer Cardiogram and the University of California, San Francisco. In a study involving 14,000 Apple Watch and Android Wear users, health sensor data was used to train a deep neural network called DeepHeart to identify participants with and without diabetes.

More than 100 million adults in the US have diabetes or prediabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This new technology is a major diagnostic improvement as a quarter of people with diabetes are undiagnosed, and more than 88% of people with prediabetes don’t know they have it. Thank you to TheOpinionator for the research on this piece.